2009 NCAA Division I FBS football season
|2009 NCAA Division I FBS season|
Alabama v. Tennessee
|Number of teams||120|
|Duration||September 3 – December 12|
|Preseason AP #1||Florida Gators|
|Duration||December 19, 2009 –
February 6, 2010
|Bowl games||37 (34 team-competitive and 3 all-star)|
|Heisman Trophy||Mark Ingram, Alabama, RB|
|Bowl Championship Series|
|2010 BCS Championship Game|
|Site||Rose Bowl Stadium
|Winner||Alabama Crimson Tide|
|Division I FBS football seasons|
The 2009 NCAA Division I FBS football season, or the college football season, began on September 2, 2009, progressed through the regular season and bowl season, and (aside from all-star exhibition games that followed the bowl games) concluded with the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) National Championship Game in Pasadena, California on January 7, 2010, featuring the Alabama Crimson Tide, defeating the Texas Longhorns for the National Championship by the score of 37–21.
This season saw two milestones related to the Heisman Trophy:
- For the first time, two previous Heisman winners played in the same season—2008 winner Sam Bradford for Oklahoma and 2007 winner Tim Tebow of Florida.
- For the first time since 1946, the top three vote-getters from the previous season all returned—Bradford, Colt McCoy of Texas, and Tebow.
- 1 Rule changes
- 2 Conference Changes
- 3 Records
- 4 New, renovated, or expanded stadiums
- 5 Key matchups and upsets
- 6 Conference standings
- 7 Conference summaries
- 8 Bowl games
- 9 Heisman Trophy voting
- 10 Awards and honors
- 11 Coaching changes
- 12 TV ratings
- 13 See also
- 14 Notes and references
- 15 External links
The NCAA football rules committee proposed several rule changes for 2009. Before these rules were officially adopted, these proposals had to be approved by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel. The rule changes include the following:
- If the home team wears colored jerseys, the visiting team may also wear colored jerseys; so long as the two teams have agreed to do so. This comes after a traditional USC-UCLA game where both teams wore their home uniforms. Previously, the visiting team would be charged a first-half timeout for illegal equipment.
- If the punter carries the ball outside of the tackle box, he is no longer protected under the roughing the kicker penalty.
- Deliberately grabbing the chin strap is now included as part of the face mask penalty.
- The edge of the tackle box is defined as being five yards to the left and right of the snapper, rather than two parallel lines from the position of the offensive tackles.
- Periods will not be extended for plays that result in loss of down (i.e. illegal forward pass).
- If a defensive player is injured, the play clock will be reset to 40 seconds. The play clock will be reset to 25 seconds for an injury to an offensive player.
No teams upgraded from FCS (Division I-AA), leaving the number of FBS (Division I-A) schools fixed at 120.
- There was only one conference change in 2009, with Western Kentucky leaving the Independent ranks to become the 9th member of the Sun Belt.
|School||2008 Conference||2009 Conference|
|Western Kentucky Hilltoppers||FBS Independent||Sun Belt|
- Brandon West of Western Michigan set the NCAA Division I FBS records for career all-purpose yards and career kick return yards. On November 14, West broke the record of 7,573 all-purpose yards set by DeAngelo Williams of Memphis. Against Michigan State on November 7, West broke the record of 2,945 return yards set by Jessie Henderson of SMU. West finished the season setting the records at 3,118 kick return yards and 7,764 total yards.
- Russell Wilson of North Carolina State set a new Division I record for most passes attempted without an interception, breaking the previous record of 325 set by André Woodson of Kentucky from 2006–07. Wilson broke the record in the third quarter of the Pack's 45–14 win over Gardner-Webb on September 19. The streak ended at 379 on October 3 against Wake Forest. Wilson's last interception had been in the third quarter of the Wolfpack's game against Clemson on September 13, 2008.
- Texas' Colt McCoy picked up his 43rd career win as a starting quarterback, breaking the previous FBS record of 42 by Georgia's David Greene, with a 51–20 win over Kansas on November 21. The record was extended to 45 with wins over Texas A&M in the regular-season finale and Nebraska in the Big 12 Championship Game. However, his streak ended at the BCS Championship when he was injured early in the first quarter, and the Longhorns lost 37-21.
- C. J. Spiller of Clemson set a new record for career kickoff return touchdowns on the opening kickoff of the Tigers' game against archrival South Carolina on November 28. His seventh career TD return broke the previous record held by Anthony Davis of USC and Ashlan Davis of Tulsa.
- Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour set a new FBS record for most combined career touchdowns passing, rushing, and receiving in the MAC Championship Game against Ohio. His two TD passes in the game gave him a career total of 148, surpassing the previous record of 147 held by Colt Brennan of Hawaiʻi and Graham Harrell of Texas Tech. In the GMAC Bowl, he passed for a TD and ran for another, ending his career with a total of 150 TDs.
- On December 12, 2009 against rival Army, Navy quarterback Ricky Dobbs ran for his 24th rushing touchdown on the season, giving him the single-season record for most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback.
- On December 30, 2009 in the Humanitarian Bowl against Idaho, Bowling Green wide receiver Freddie Barnes broke the single-season record for receptions, accumulating 155 total receptions on the year.
New, renovated, or expanded stadiums
Two FBS teams opened new stadiums on September 12:
- Akron opened InfoCision Stadium – Summa Field against Morgan State, winning 41–0.
- Minnesota christened their new TCF Bank Stadium with a win, defeating Air Force 20–13.
- Missouri expanded Faurot Field from 68,349 to 71,004.
Key matchups and upsets
|September 5||#20 BYU 14||#3 Oklahoma 13||In the first Cowboys Classic, #3 Oklahoma lost to BYU as well as had Sam Bradford, their Heisman-winning QB, injured at the end of the first half.|
|September 12||Houston 45||#5 Oklahoma State 35||Oklahoma State rose to #5 after they beat #13 Georgia, but had no answer for Houston Quarterback Case Keenum, who passed for 366 yards as they beat Oklahoma State in Stillwater.|
|September 17||#14 Georgia Tech 17||#20 Miami (FL) 33||In this early-season ACC Matchup, Miami upsets eventual-ACC Champion Georgia Tech to stay unbeaten and 2-0 in the ACC.|
|September 19||Florida State 54||#7 BYU 28||With both teams heading in opposite directions- BYU in the BCS Mix, and Florida State losing to Miami and a 10-point win over Jacksonville State- the Seminoles pull a major upset in Provo and hand BYU its first loss.|
|September 19||Tennessee 13||#1 Florida 23||After much trash-talking earlier that year by Lane Kiffin, the then-Head Coach, about "Singing Rocky Top" after a victory in The Swamp, the Gators beat the Vols 23-13.|
|September 19||#3 USC 13||Washington 16||Washington upsets USC on a last-second field goal to give USC its first loss of their season.|
|September 19||#19 Nebraska 15||#13 Virginia Tech 16||In Blacksburg, Virginia Tech scored the games second touchdown with 21 Seconds left to take the lead and win by 1 over Nebraska.|
|September 24||#4 Ole Miss 10||South Carolina 16||#4 Ole Miss, undefeated and in the BCS Title mix, lost their first game in Columbia to the Gamecocks by 6.|
|September 26||#9 Miami (FL) 7||#11 Virginia Tech 31||Miami suffers its first loss in Blacksburg, as Virginia Tech climbs into the Top Ten and remains undefeated in ACC games, as the Hurricanes lose by 24.|
|September 26||Iowa 21||#5 Penn State 10||In a matchup of unbeaten Big Ten teams, Penn State jumps out to a 10-0 lead after the 1st Quarter, but Iowa scores 21 consecutive points- including 16 Fourth-Quarter points- to win 21-10 and stay undefeated.|
|October 3||#4 LSU 20||#18 Georgia 13||In a SEC matchup in Athens, Georgia takes a 13-12 lead with only 1:09 to go. LSU scored with 46 seconds left to take the lead and win 20-13 and remain undefeated.|
|October 3||#8 Oklahoma 20||#17 Miami (FL) 21||In a mid-season non-conference matchup, Miami upsets Oklahoma 21-20 to remain one-loss and on the outside shot at BCS Title Contention.|
|October 8||#21 Nebraska 27||#24 Missouri 12||In a Big 12 North rivalry, Missouri was up 12-0 heading into the 4th Quarter, but Nebraska exploded for 27 4th Quarter points to hand Missouri its first loss as Nebraska stays unbeaten in Big 12 play.|
|October 10||#3 Alabama 22||#22 Ole Miss 3||In a critical SEC West game in Oxford, #3 Alabama beats Ole Miss primarily due to Alabama Kicker Leigh Tiffin's 5 Field Goals and Ole Miss Quarterback Jevan Snead's four interceptions.|
|October 10||#10 TCU 20||Air Force 17||TCU narrowly beats Air Force in Colorado Springs to keep its undefeated season and BCS At-Large hopes alive as they win by 3.|
|October 10||#1 Florida 13||#4 LSU 3||In this SEC powerhouse battle in Baton Rouge, Florida takes down LSU in Tiger Stadium and stays undefeated.|
|October 17||#20 Oklahoma 13||#3 Texas 16||In the Red River Rivalry, #3 Texas defeats Oklahoma for the second consecutive year to remain unbeaten and Oklahoma's QB Sam Bradford is injured again.|
|October 17||#7 Ohio State 18||Purdue 26||Purdue beats Ohio State to snap Ohio State 17-Game Road Winning Streak and hand the Buckeyes their first Big Ten defeat of 2009.|
|October 17||Arkansas 20||#1 Florida 23||In The Swamp, the #1 Gators edge Arkansas 23-20 with the difference being Florida Kicker Caleb Sturgis Field Goal with 9 seconds left in the game to remain undefeated.|
|October 17||#4 Virginia Tech 23||#19 Georgia Tech 28||In an ACC Coastal battle with ACC Championship implications, #19 Georgia Tech upsets #4 Virginia Tech 28-23, which knocked Virginia Tech out of BCS Title contention and gave them their first ACC loss.|
|October 24||Connecticut 24||#23 West Virginia 28||#23 West Virginia pulled out a close victory over Connecticut, while both teams and the fans in Morgantown remembered Jasper Howard, the Connecticut Cornerback who was killed earlier that week, as both teams wore stickers on their helmets honoring Howard.|
|October 24||Tennessee 10||#2 Alabama 12||In what became known as "The Block" or "Rocky Block", Alabama led 12-10. Tennessee lined up for a 44-yard Field Goal with 4 seconds remaining for the lead. Alabama's Terrence "Mount" Cody blocked the field goal for the Crimson Tide to remain undefeated.|
|October 24||#4 Iowa 15||Michigan State 13||#4 Iowa remained unbeaten with a touchdown pass as time expired to win by 2 and remain right in the BCS Title mix.|
|October 31||#5 USC 20||#10 Oregon 47||The Ducks hand the Trojans their worst loss since 1997 and knock USC out of the BCS Title race as the Ducks rise to the tops of the Pac-10.|
|November 7||Northwestern 17||#4 Iowa 10||After Ricki Stanzi was injured in the 2nd Quarter, Northwestern goes onto upset Iowa. The loss knocked Iowa from outright top of the Big Ten into a tie with Ohio State.|
|November 7||#9 LSU 15||#2 Alabama 24||In "Saban Bowl III", Alabama scored 14-Fourth Quarter points to beat LSU 24-15. This win clinched Alabama a spot in the SEC Title game.|
|November 7||#8 Oregon 42||Stanford 51||Stanford gave Oregon its first Pac-10 loss by winning by 9. The win also loosened Oregons control of the Pac-10 title race.|
|November 7||#16 Ohio State 24||#11 Penn State 7||In a Big Ten game with BCS implications, Ohio State dominated Penn State in Happy Valley to seize control of the Big Ten Title race.|
|November 13||#25 West Virginia 21||#5 Cincinnati 24||In a Big East matchup with the Big East race impact, Cincinnati beats West Virginia and stays undefeated.|
|November 14||#25 Stanford 55||#9 USC 21||Stanford beat-down USC in the Coliseum for USC worst loss since 1966 and the most points a USC team has ever allowed. The loss destroyed USC's Pac-10 hopes as well as any BCS hopes.|
|November 14||#1 Florida 24||South Carolina 14||#1 Florida defeated the South Carolina Gamecocks in Columbia to remain unbeaten. The win clinched Florida's SEC East title and a SEC Championship vs. Alabama.|
|November 14||#10 Iowa 24||#11 Ohio State 27 (OT)||Ohio State beat Iowa, 27-24 in Overtime, to secure a share of the Big Ten title. The win also clinched a Rose Bowl berth for Ohio State.|
|November 14||#16 Utah 28||#4 TCU 55||TCU beat Utah in Fort Worth to control the Mountain West Title race, remain undefeated and keep their BCS hopes alive.|
|November 14||#12 Houston 32||UCF 37||UCF beat a ranked opponent for the first time in program history when they downed #12 ranked Houston 37-32. They came into a game a six-point underdog, but with 241 yards through the air and another 152 on the ground, they forced 3 turnovers to pull out the huge win on homecoming.|
|November 21||#25 California 34||#17 Stanford 28||In The Big Game, California destroyed Stanford's Pac-10 title hopes and narrowly beat Stanford by 6 after Mike Mohamed intercepted Andrew Luck's pass with 1:36 left in the game.|
|November 21||#11 Oregon 44||#17 Arizona 41 (2OT)||Oregon escapes Tucson with a Double-Overtime 3-point victory over Arizona. The win gives Oregon a share of the Pac-10 title, and with a win over Oregon State, they could have a Rose Bowl berth and an outright title.|
|November 26||#3 Texas 49||Texas A&M 39||In the Lone Star Showdown, #3 Texas remained undefeated with a 49-39 Shootout victory over their archrivals. With the win, and a win next week in the Big 12 Championship vs. Nebraska, they would be in the BCS Title game in Pasadena.|
|November 27||#2 Alabama 26||Auburn 21||In the Iron Bowl, Alabama fought back from a 14-0 deficit in the 1st Quarter to trail 21-20 Mid-4th Quarter. Then, what was dubbed as "The Drive", Alabama scored the game winning touchdown with 1:24 remaining to beat Auburn in Jordan-Hare by 5, and stay in the National Title race.|
|November 27||#9 Pittsburgh 16||West Virginia 19||In the Backyard Brawl, West Virginia upsets Pittsburgh to avenge their bitter defeat 2 years ago and destroy Pittsburgh's hopes of a BCS at-large bid.|
|November 27||Nevada 33||#9 Boise State 44||Boise State beats Nevada, 44-33, to win the WAC Title and stay in contention for a BCS bowl berth.|
|November 28||Florida State 10||#1 Florida 37||Florida beats its rival Florida State to remain #1 and, with a win over Alabama in the SEC Title, would clinch a National Title berth.|
|December 3||#16 Oregon State 33||#7 Oregon 37||In the Civil War rivalry, the Ducks beat the Beavers, 37-33 to clinch the outright Pac-10 title and a Rose Bowl berth.|
|December 5||#5 Cincinnati 45||#15 Pittsburgh 44||In what was an unofficial Big East Championship, #5 Cincinnati made a miracle comeback from 21 down to win with a TD with 33 seconds left, to remain unbeaten, clinch a BCS berth, and have an outside shot at the National Title game.|
|December 5||#1 Florida 13||#2 Alabama 32||Alabama won their 22nd SEC Championship after beating the top-ranked Florida Gators, 32-13. Their win clinched them a spot in the National Title game.|
|December 5||#3 Texas 13||#22 Nebraska 12||In the Big 12 Championship, Texas edged out Nebraska 13-12 on a last second field goal. Texas clinched a berth in the national title with a win.|
One unusual aspect of this season was that every conference in Division I FBS, even those that did not contest a championship game, had an undisputed champion. This last happened in 1983.
In July 2011, the NCAA released its findings in a 2-year investigation into allegations of a Georgia Tech player receiving $321 of clothing from a runner for an agent. While, no conclusive evidence was brought against the player, actions taken by the GT athletic department were perceived as an attempt to hinder the NCAA investigation into this offense. Despite requesting the investigation be kept a secret, the Georgia Tech AD informed Coach Paul Johnson of the investigation and the players in question found out as well. The NCAA determined that the Player should have been declared ineligible for the final three games of GT 2009 season. To punish Georgia Tech for an accused "Lack of Cooperation" and hindering the investigation, they were required to vacate the ACC Championship game win, along with other penalties. As such, there is currently no official 2009 ACC Champion. GT plans to appeal the decision.
Bowl Challenge Cup standings
|Division I FBS Independents *||1||0||0||1.000|
|Sun Belt *||1||1||0||.500|
* Does not meet minimum game requirement of three teams needed for a conference to be eligible. (In any case, "Independent" is not a conference, rather, it is the lack of one.)
Heisman Trophy voting
The Heisman Trophy is given to the year's most outstanding player
Awards and honors
- Walter Camp Award (top player): Colt McCoy, QB, Texas
- Maxwell Award (top player): Colt McCoy, QB, Texas
- AP Player of the Year: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
- Bronko Nagurski Trophy (defensive player): Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
- Campbell Trophy (academic award, formerly the Draddy Trophy): Tim Tebow, QB, Florida
- Chuck Bednarik Award (defensive player): Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
- Dave Rimington Trophy (center): Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida
- Davey O'Brien Award (quarterback): Colt McCoy, QB, Texas
- Dick Butkus Award (linebacker): Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama
- Doak Walker Award (running back): Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford
- Fred Biletnikoff Award (wide receiver): Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame
- Jim Thorpe Award (defensive back): Eric Berry, CB, Tennessee
- John Mackey Award (tight end): Aaron Hernandez, TE, Florida
- Johnny Unitas Award (Sr. quarterback): Colt McCoy, QB, Texas
- Lombardi Award (top lineman): Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
- Lott Trophy (defensive impact): Jerry Hughes, DE, TCU
- Lou Groza Award (placekicker): Kai Forbath, K, UCLA
- Manning Award (quarterback): Colt McCoy, QB, Texas
- Outland Trophy (interior lineman): Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
- Ray Guy Award (punter): Drew Butler, P, Georgia
- Sammy Baugh Trophy (quarterback, specifically passer): Case Keenum, QB, Houston
- Ted Hendricks Award (defensive end): Jerry Hughes, DE, TCU
- Wuerffel Trophy (humanitarian-athlete): Tim Hiller, QB, Western Michigan
- The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award: Brian Kelly, Cincinnati
- AP Coach of the Year: Gary Patterson, TCU
- Paul "Bear" Bryant Award (head coach): Chris Petersen, Boise State
- Walter Camp Coach of the Year (head coach): Gary Patterson, TCU
- Bobby Bowden National Collegiate Coach of the Year Award: Nick Saban, Alabama
- Broyles Award (assistant coach): Kirby Smart, Alabama
End of season
- All dates in November and December were in 2009; all January dates were in 2010.
- Incoming coaches who were the designated replacement for their predecessors are in bold italics.
|End of season|
|School||Outgoing coach||Date of departure||Reason||Replacement||Date of replacement|
|Akron||J. D. Brookhart||November 28||Fired||Rob Ianello|
|Buffalo||Turner Gill||December 12||Hired by Kansas||Jeff Quinn||December 21 (effective January 2)|
|Central Michigan||Butch Jones||December 16||Hired by Cincinnati||Dan Enos|
|Cincinnati||Brian Kelly||December 10||Hired by Notre Dame||Butch Jones||December 16 (effective January 2)|
|East Carolina||Skip Holtz||January 14||Hired by South Florida||Ruffin McNeil||January 21|
|Florida State||Bobby Bowden||December 1
(effective January 2)
|Retired||Jimbo Fisher||December 1
(effective January 2)
|Kansas||Mark Mangino||December 3||Resigned||Turner Gill||December 12|
|Kentucky||Rich Brooks||January 4||Retired||Joker Phillips||January 4|
|Louisiana-Monroe||Charlie Weatherbie||November 30||Fired||Todd Berry||December 16|
|Louisiana Tech||Derek Dooley||January 15||Hired by Tennessee||Sonny Dykes||January 20|
|Louisville||Steve Kragthorpe||November 28||Fired||Charlie Strong||December 9|
|Marshall||Mark Snyder||November 29||Resigned||Doc Holliday||December 17 (effective December 27)|
|Memphis||Tommy West||November 9
(effective November 27)
|Fired||Larry Porter||November 29|
|Notre Dame||Charlie Weis||November 30||Fired||Brian Kelly||December 10|
|San Jose State||Dick Tomey||November 17
(effective December 5)
|Retired||Mike MacIntyre||December 17|
|South Florida||Jim Leavitt||January 8||Fired||Skip Holtz||January 14|
|Tennessee||Lane Kiffin||January 12||Hired by USC||Derek Dooley||January 15|
|Texas Tech||Mike Leach||December 30||Fired||Tommy Tuberville||January 10|
|UNLV||Mike Sanford||November 17
(effective November 28)
|USC||Pete Carroll||January 9||Hired by Seattle Seahawks||Lane Kiffin||January 12|
|Virginia||Al Groh||November 29||Fired||Mike London||December 7|
|Western Kentucky||David Elson||November 9
(effective December 3)
|Fired||Willie Taggart||November 29
(effective December 3)
On December 26, Florida head coach Urban Meyer announced his resignation due to health concerns, effective after the Gators' Sugar Bowl appearance. However, Meyer had a change of heart and announced the following day that he would instead take an indefinite leave of absence, and expected to be back coaching by the start of the 2010 season. Offensive coordinator Steve Addazio took over Meyer's duties in his absence. Meyer returned from his self-imposed leave in time for Florida's 2010 spring practice.
Ten most watched regular season games in 2009
- 1. December 5 - 2009 SEC Championship - CBS - 1 Florida vs 2 Alabama - 17.969 Million viewers
- 2. December 5 - 2009 Big 12 Championship - ESPN on ABC - 3 Texas vs 22 Nebraska - 12.693 Million viewers
- 3. September 12 - ESPN - 3 USC vs 8 Ohio State - 10.586 Million viewers
- 4. October 10 - CBS - 4 LSU vs 1 Florida - 10.496 Million viewers
- 5. October 17 - Red River Rivalry - ESPN on ABC - 20 Oklahoma vs 3 Texas - 8.713 Million Viewers
- 6. September 7 - ESPN - Miami vs 18 Florida State - 8.406 Million viewers
- 7. September 12 - ESPN on ABC - 18 Notre Dame vs Michigan - 8.391 Million viewers
- 8. November 27 - Iron Bowl - CBS - 2 Alabama vs Auburn - 8.124 Million viewers
- 9. October 3 - ESPN on ABC Regional - 8 Oklahoma vs 17 Miami & California vs 7 USC - 7.834 Million viewers
- 10. November 28 - CBS - Florida State vs 1 Florida - 7.491 Million viewers
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